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If I bought a used iPad and watch previous owner remove icloud account, is It possible for them to lock the iPad from another device before I set my iCloud up on the iPad? I ask because I was just informed at a store where I was going to try to purchase one, that they stopped buying apple products due to this happening. He said they would buy it, have seller delete iCloud in front of them, but when tried to re-sell iPad, it was again locked to an iCloud acct.

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Follow these steps to see if an Activation Lock is still on your device:


Check for Activation Lock before you buy a device from someone else

Before you buy an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Apple Watch from someone other than Apple or an authorized Apple reseller, make sure that the device is erased and no longer linked to the previous owner’s account. Ask the seller whether or not they've turned off Activation Lock, then follow these steps:

  1. Turn on the device and slide to unlock.
  2. If the passcode lock screen or the Home screen appears, the device hasn't been erased. Ask the seller to completely erase the device by going to Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings. Don't take ownership of any used iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch until it's been erased.
  3. Begin the device setup process.
  4. If you're asked for the previous owner’s Apple ID and password, the device is still linked to their account. Hand the device back to the seller and ask them to enter their password. If the previous owner isn't present, they can remove the device from their account by signing in to icloud.com/find. Don't take ownership of any used iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch until it has been removed from the previous owner’s account.

You will know that a device is ready for you to use when you're asked to "Set up your iPhone," “Set up your iPad," or “Set up your iPod” the first time you turn it on.



From this support article: Find My iPhone Activation Lock - Apple Support


Best of luck,


GB

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Mar 20, 2018 6:52 PM in response to CharleyJade In response to CharleyJade

If I bought a used iPad and watch previous owner remove icloud account, is It possible for them to lock the iPad from another device before I set my iCloud up on the iPad?

Signing in to iCloud on the device can only be done on the device.


Once you witness someone fully and properly sign out, they can't enable Find My Device remotely, so they can't enable activation lock to keep you out.


Apple's advice for buying a used device, as shown by Gail's post, gives the only process you should follow.


He said they would buy it, have seller delete iCloud in front of them, but when tried to re-sell iPad, it was again locked to an iCloud acct.

This does not sound like accurate advice. Signing out of iTunes does not disable Find My Device. A user should not be able to "erase all content and settings" and get to the setup assistant directly on the device itself.


Find My Device will insist on being disabled.

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Mar 17, 2018 10:00 PM in response to CharleyJade In response to CharleyJade

Follow these steps to see if an Activation Lock is still on your device:


Check for Activation Lock before you buy a device from someone else

Before you buy an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Apple Watch from someone other than Apple or an authorized Apple reseller, make sure that the device is erased and no longer linked to the previous owner’s account. Ask the seller whether or not they've turned off Activation Lock, then follow these steps:

  1. Turn on the device and slide to unlock.
  2. If the passcode lock screen or the Home screen appears, the device hasn't been erased. Ask the seller to completely erase the device by going to Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings. Don't take ownership of any used iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch until it's been erased.
  3. Begin the device setup process.
  4. If you're asked for the previous owner’s Apple ID and password, the device is still linked to their account. Hand the device back to the seller and ask them to enter their password. If the previous owner isn't present, they can remove the device from their account by signing in to icloud.com/find. Don't take ownership of any used iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch until it has been removed from the previous owner’s account.

You will know that a device is ready for you to use when you're asked to "Set up your iPhone," “Set up your iPad," or “Set up your iPod” the first time you turn it on.



From this support article: Find My iPhone Activation Lock - Apple Support


Best of luck,


GB

Mar 17, 2018 10:00 PM

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Mar 20, 2018 6:52 PM in response to CharleyJade In response to CharleyJade

If I bought a used iPad and watch previous owner remove icloud account, is It possible for them to lock the iPad from another device before I set my iCloud up on the iPad?

Signing in to iCloud on the device can only be done on the device.


Once you witness someone fully and properly sign out, they can't enable Find My Device remotely, so they can't enable activation lock to keep you out.


Apple's advice for buying a used device, as shown by Gail's post, gives the only process you should follow.


He said they would buy it, have seller delete iCloud in front of them, but when tried to re-sell iPad, it was again locked to an iCloud acct.

This does not sound like accurate advice. Signing out of iTunes does not disable Find My Device. A user should not be able to "erase all content and settings" and get to the setup assistant directly on the device itself.


Find My Device will insist on being disabled.

Mar 20, 2018 6:52 PM

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